Fashion Over Reason

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summertime Red

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I haven't worn much color in the past few years. Something about bright hues and over-saturation that made my eyes hurt. It might sound harsh, but I couldn't help it - If the tones felt too busy, I didn't feel much like myself when donning them.

Which made for a wardrobe comprised of quiet shades of neutral and a ton of denim. Not necessarily a bad thing.

But something funny happened this year, as I began to feel an attraction for colors that hadn't been on my radar for years. And while I've always randomly had a soft spot for red, this Aritzia top has recently reignited my flame for it.

Red is what I'll be wearing all summer long.

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Details:
Aritzia top
Cienne NY pants
Vans sneakers
Etsy Earrings
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Sunny Side Up

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I like to think of myself as a pragmatic realist. I'm not an overly bubbly person, but I'm not particularly negative either. I tend to approach things with skepticism but ultimately give every situation a fair shot to be assessed without bias.

Somehow, though, when you're wearing a joyful sweatshirt that reads Sunny Side Up on the back, it's a bit impossible to not feel a tad more enthusiastic than usual. Especially so when the sun is shining bright after a particularly drawn out and rainy spring.

What else is contributing to this pep in my step? This super practical Tumi leather backpack and my favorite Glossier Generation G shade (zip). A subtle pop of color that complements the rays on my face perfectly.

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Details:
Être Cécile sweatshirt
ASOS jeans
Tumi Voyageur Calais leather backpack
Vans sneakers
COS earrings
Levi's mens trucker denim jacket
Ray-Ban sunnies
Glossier Generation G in Zip


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Spring Fever Remedies

Brixton fiddler hat, Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses, Cienne NY Sylvie sweater, Chloe flowy dress, Chloe boots, Brooklyn Heights, NYC

It's that time of year again when dressing becomes a precarious adventure, never knowing if the weather will cooperate. Extreme temperature fluctuations can render even the most seasoned of style experts incapacitated when getting dressed. Rain, cool winds, intense sunshine, Mother Nature lets it fly in all different directions once springtime hits.

The silver lining is that we're almost out of the woods as we're pushing mid-May, but I will leave you with this infallible styling trick that every woman should keep in their back pocket: layers, layers, layers.

Take for example this look, a chunky sweater overtop a flowy dress. If it gets too hot I can remove the sweater and the tights. On the other hand, if it gets chillier, all I need to do is add a jacket. Going out in just a t-shirt during this shaky period of the year could potentially come at the detriment of your comfort.

Just keep that in mind, friends.

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Details:
Cienne NY sweater
Chloé dress
Chloé boots
Brixton hat
Warby Parker Dorothy sunglasses
Kaufmann Mercantile straw bag

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Feeling S'well, Thankyouverymuch

S'well New York City bottle, heleneisfor, fashion over reason

Hardly anything pains me more in this life than having to buy a plastic water bottle to quench my thirst. It was something I would do occasionally, only if I was extremely parched and out of other options. Well, I can cease my lamenting: this is a predicament I will never find myself in again.

Cause I got myself two S'well bottles and my life has been improved, along with the planet's.

There's something super magical about these bottles because they will keep the liquid that you fill them with at the right temperature. I couldn't stop gleefully proclaiming out loud (at the exasperation of my poor husband) something along the lines of "holy shit, this water is still ICE COLD!" nearly 24 hours after the bottle had been topped. "Imagine the possibilities with wine this summer!" I couldn't stop saying.

Bottom line: these bottles are all kinds of amazing, they're sustainable, stylish, cater to your my wino inclinations, and don't actually weigh much, so they'll seamlessly integrate your existence without incurring any shoulder pain from extra handbag poundage.

As you can see from these pics, my S'well bottles have been going pretty much everywhere with me.

And head to their blog to read a fun interview I did with them about my favorite local spots in New York City!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

The Magic of Tree Hut Botanicals


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You guys are all well aware of my affinity for sustainability in fashion – I’ve hailed it over and over as one of my core values on this very blog. In fact, all of my choices are impacted by my ethical and environmental standards, a principle that extends organically into all aspects of my life.

I’ve found that the more I educate myself on the products and regulations that are out there, the more I cling onto these values, especially when it comes to my beauty routine. I now only seek out products that fall under the spectrum of my rigid criteria for what’s good enough to put on my skin.

That means that when I find something really good, you best believe that I’m not keeping it for myself. I recently got into Tree Hut’s new skincare line, particularly the Purifying Cleansing Gel, the Renewing Night Cream, and the Exfoliating Mud Mask (my fav! It’s so so good. You guys know I love a good mask).

It’s a new skin routine I just started and I’m in love with it for many reasons. First because the products are effective and made with all-natural botanicals, and second because they smell oh so divine. They all have that luxurious sensation, but they don’t feel overly precious, which is exactly my vibe.

Let’s break it down.

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1. I start with the Purifying Cleansing Gel. It’s super gentle but it’s also thick and rich, which leaves my skin feeling like all the impurities are being washed out of it. Ok, so you know how some cleansers can make your skin feel super tight and stripped post-wash? This guy is the complete opposite of that: after rinsing, your skin feels bouncy, supple, and just simply really frickin’ great.



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2. After cleansing, I mask. I’m obsessed with masking, you guys know it, I can’t shut up about it when I talk about skincare! it’s one of my favorite things to do at night, especially as I age 🙄.


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The Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask is amazing for many reasons. The clay consistency feels super purifying and contains little specks inside that give the sensation of gentle exfoliation while applying. It doesn’t dry really tight like some mud masks do, so you also feel like it’s infusing your skin with moisture.


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And finally, it smells heavenly, which makes for a really relaxing spa-like sesh while you have it on.



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3. Once the mask is all rinsed off, I finish off the ritual with the Renewing Night Cream, aaaahhh it’s like a pillow on your cheeks! It’s this perfect blend of density and lightness for that seamless absorption. It doesn’t feel greasy and overwhelming like a lot of night creams do. Instead, it’s smooth and hydrating, and also super soothing thanks to the chamomile components.


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My skin type is normal, but EXTREMELY sensitive. I have to be very weary of what I put on it because anything with an iota of synthetic just makes it spiral into big time irritation mode. Not pretty.

It’s so important to me to find products like these that are comprised of natural, clean ingredients. Not only is it effective, but it’s just better for you. So literally, why not seek those properties out? It’s something you can feel good about and that also leaves you feeling good. Self-pampering sans the fuss – sign me up.

I always talk about how less is more. And these 3 Tree Hut products fulfill that prophecy.

Now go ahead and give them a try to see for yourself!